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Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world’s most distinguished tenors, discusses the great bel canto roles he has made his own and the prejudice he still experiences today as a Black male opera singer.
Plus, how the unparalleled Verdi soprano Leontyne Price made history by pioneering opportunities for Black casting on the international opera stage; remembering the impassioned vocalism of Mario Lanza in his centenary year; Plácido Domingo at 80; New Zealand Opera’s brave new post-Covid world; baritone Ross Ramgobin makes waves in the UK opera scene with his outstanding stage presence; how the art of opera singing is keeping up with the pace of technology; journalist and campaigner Zeinab Badawi on her love for opera; Aida at La Scala; Bolshoi Theatre brings together the complete operas of Rimsky-Korsakov for the first time; and your chance to WIN Lawrence Brownlee & Michael Spyres’ new bel canto duet album from Erato.